The concept of community farms was relatively new when the idea was brought to the Fairness Commission board but it was one that everyone felt passionate about. From there it grew, working alongside Blackpool Council’s development plans for the City Learning Centre (CIC), turning into an amazing project that not only encompassed a community shop and farm but became a Community Hub. Offering residents the opportunity to to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their health and wellbeing.
Residents were involved throughout the process from helping to choose the site location to picking the name (@TheGrange), coloursand final logo. This continues to be the case with center events suggested by the residents. So far this has included a grime night, dance classes, adult learning workshops, bingo, free shop, dog walking groups, all while encouraging people to get involved in Grow Blackpool, learning to grow your own fruit and vegetables.
On top of these events there’s also one off events such as family fun days, a royal wedding garden party and the world cup games on the big screen for families to watch.
@TheGrange also boasts a library space, café and HIS Provision Community shop which uses a points system to encourage people to volunteer which they then trade for food, clothing and other household items.
Since the launch event (14thApril 2018) which was attended by over 1000 people, @TheGrange has continued to develop a community atmosphere, encouraging people to get involved in activity and make new friends.
If you would like to find out more about @TheGrange you can contact the centre 01253 478270.